Highlights of Vietnam – 12 days


    From Cyprus to Vietnam tour




    Day 1 Hanoi
    After our Noi Bai airport greeting and transfer to the hotel in Hanoi, we get together for welcome drinks and a tour
    briefing. To finish off the day we attend the performance of the special Vietnamese water puppetry. Dinner at Hotel.

    Day 2 Hanoi
    Breakfast – Lunch
    Hanoi is filled with greenery and style, and is renowned for its cultured atmosphere. Peaceful tree-lined boulevards, romantic lakes and French architecture allow us to step back in time to a quieter Vietnam. We visit Ho
    Chi Minh Mausoleum and the impressive house on stilt that was uncle Ho’s residence, and view the One Pillar Pagoda. Later we admire the historical Temple of Literature, known as Vietnam’s first university. In the afternoon we visit the Ethnological Museum, one of the most interesting in Hanoi. Later we take an hour cyclo tour to discover the heart of Hanoi – the bustling Old Quarter. The narrow streets are abuzz with the life of the city: trade, food and all sorts of interesting activities.

    Day 3 Hanoi – Ha Long
    Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

    This morning we leave Hanoi by road for Ha Long Bay, enjoying the beautiful scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and daily life of the countryside. Arriving in Ha Long, we board the traditional wooden junk. A seafood lunch will be served as we cruise amount the hundreds of astonishing islets throughout the Bay. We visit Sung Sot Cave, one of the most attractive and interesting caves and witness a splendid sunset. Dinner and overnight on boat.

    Day 4 Ha Long – Hanoi – Hue
    Breakfast – Lunch
    Early morning coffee and tea will be served on the sundeck followed by a Tai Chi class. We continue exploring the bay and change to a small motor or rowing boat to see the Luon Cave. Passing through a pretty entrance, we enter
    a tranquil lake, surrounded by luxuriant trees and high stone walls. Then we return to the cruise and enjoy breakfast before checking out. On the way to visit the Do temple we stop to enjoy a traditional Quan Ho Folk song show, transfer directly to the airport for our flight to the Imperial city of Hue.

    Day 5 Hue
    Breakfast – Lunch
    Hue is one of Viet Nam’s most cultural and historical cities. It was once ruled by the emperors of the Nguyen dynasty. This morning, we take time to visit the impressive tombs of King Minh Mang and Tu Duc. Later we cruise on
    the Perfume River to see the Old Thien Mu Pagoda. In the afternoon, we will visit the Forbidden Citadel and the crowded market of Dong Ba where we can bargain for anything from souvenirs and bronze goods, to Hue sesame sweetmeat and conical poem hats.

    Day 6 Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An
    Breakfast – Lunch
    We cross the spectacular Hai Van Pass to reach Da Nang city, where we can see the Cham Museum and take a short break at Marble Mountain, then continue to Hoi An, an ancient town of meandering narrow streets dating
    back to the 16th century. An afternoon tour is a chance to see the Japanese Bridge, Phuoc Kien Pagoda, the ancient house Tran Phu and the Hoi An Museum (Sa Huynh museum or Ceramic museam). Later we can shop for tailor made clothing, lanterns, shoes and food, or simply relax on the beach.

    Day 7 Hoi An – My Son
    Breakfast – Lunch
    Today we visit My Son Holy land, 70 km southwest of Da Nang, which was the capital of the once mighty Champa Kingdom. It is a complex of ancient ruins dating back 1,700 years ago, the most complete example of ancient
    Champa ruins in Vietnam.

    Day 8 Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh City
    Breakfast – Lunch
    Today, we visit the controversial War Remnants Museum, the
    Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Post office. In the afternoon, we will see Thien Hau Pagoda, Chinatown and the busy market of Cho Lon. Explore Dong Khoi Street, the city’s most upscale shopping
    boulevard with boutiques selling clothes and accessories by Vietnamese designers, hill tribe crafts, high quality linens and house wares. Don’t miss Ho Chi Minh City’s atmosphere by night. This city lives up to its exciting and often mischievous reputation.

    Day 9 Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Can Tho
    Breakfast – Lunch
    This morning we journey south to My Tho town, the gateway to the Mekong Delta, and take a motor boat on Tien Giang to visit Thoi Son Island. These small boats are an efficient way to travel in this area, which is
    known as the rice bowl of Vietnam. Continuing on, we depart for Can Tho, arriving in the late afternoon. The rest of the day is free time.

    Day 10 Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City
    Breakfast – Lunch

    After an early start we take a long distance cruise on the Hau River to see Cai Rang floating market. Walk on a quiet country road to take in the magnificent scenery and get close to the locals as they go about their daily
    routine. Return to Ho Chi Minh City.

    Day 11 Depart Ho Chi Minh City
    Free time until we are transferred to the airport for our onward flight. Tour ends.



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